Week @ a Glance


⚡️Philly Loves Bowie Week WXPN Kick-Off Concert
@ World Cafe Live
Noon / FREE but must advance register

To officially kick off the 2020 Philly Loves Bowie Week festivities, WXPN-FM has invited Candy Volcano to perform live on stage at World Cafe Live as their first Free at Noon concert for 2020! In advance of their full concert January 4 at the Theatre of Living Arts on South Street! This noontime concert is FREE, but you must register in advance. Link to register will go up the final week in December.

⚡️We Can Be Heroes: A Bowie Inspired Art Exhibition 
Opening Reception
@ National Liberty Museum / 321 Chestnut St
5:30-8:30pm / pay what you wish


The National Liberty Museum will be participating in these Bowie-themed events with an exhibition in our GlassAccess Gallery called, We Can Be Heroes: A Bowie Inspired Art Exhibition. Artists who use glass, clay, paint, pencil, video, and other materials are invited to submit their works which relate to the general theme of David Bowie. Many of the pieces will be available for sale. This pop-up art exhibit will be on display through February 3, 2020.

⚡️Candy Volcano presents The Year of Diamond Dogs
@ Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St
8:30pm / $ / 21+

Once again Philly’s own Candy Volcano takes the stage to celebrate both Bowie as only they know how! This year, they’re celebrating the 1974 album Diamond Dogs by performing it in its entirety – plus some special Bowie nuggets!   

⚡️Let’s Dance! A Bowie Blitz Dance Party
@ Foto Club, 3743 Frankford Ave
9pm / $5 / 21+

Sex Dwarf is Philly’s long-running Rock of the 80s dance party, now in its 17th year and hosted by DJ Robert Drake. Join him as he welcomes his friend and legendary DJ Heaven Malone, who produces the Bowie Ball in Chicago each year! Together they will celebrate David loud and proud –  so be sure to put on your red shoes and dance the blues! Join us for the 4th annual dance party designed to truly showcase The Man and his Music!  Partial proceeds from the door benefit our cause in David Bowie’s memory.

⚡️The 4th Annual Philly Loves Bowie Brunch
@ Chatayee Thai / 1227 Walnut St
11am-3pm / FREE / $ menu


Join us as the dance floor from last night is transformed into Philly’s newest authentic Thai restaurant – and raise a glass to celebrate the Starman! Once again our friend DJ Gareth Bird (from Manchester, England) will spin wall-to-wall Bowie while we take advantage of a unique Thai brunch menu, complete with special Stardust cocktails, benefiting the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory.

⚡️Donny McCaslin Group & Gail Ann Dorsey
Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Ave
7pm / $

ADVANCE TIX: https://www.ardmoremusic.com/e/donny-mccaslin-bowie-s-blackstar-w-gail-ann-dorsey-bassist-david-bowie–79014820455/

Days before his January 2016 death, David Bowie released his final album, Blackstar. While the record represented an endpoint for the legendary artist, it also marked a new beginning for jazz lifer Donny McCaslin who, armed with his saxophone, defined Blackstar‘s visionary stylistic fusion. 


Now, three years after Blackstar‘s release, McCaslin returns with a new album, Blow., a new definitive statement that fully realizes Bowie’s influence and McCaslin’s evolved artistic direction. “Before working with him, things like this didn’t seem possible to me,” McCaslin says of Blow. “The affirmation of that project and how wonderfully that turned out artistically — I feel like anything is possible now.”

Opening for Donny will be Gail Anne Dorsey – with a long career as a session musician mainly on bass guitar, she is perhaps best known for her lengthy residency in David Bowie’s band, from 1995 to Bowie’s death in 2016.


⚡️It’s Bowie’s Birthday!
@ Federal Donuts / all locations/ 


Our friends at Federal Donuts will unveil a brand new Bowie Donut (Bonut?) to both celebrate his legacy and raise money for future generations to do the same! Available in all Federal Donuts stores – TODAY ONLY – with proceeds benefiting the Cancer Center at CHOP in David Bowie’s memory. Come early as once they sell out, they are sold out!


⚡️Special Screening of THE SIGMA KIDS
@ The Roxy Theater / 2023 Sansom St
7:00pm  screening / $

The Philadelphia Film Society joins Philly Loves Bowie Week by screening local filmmaker Anthony Crupi’s sincere postcard showcasing Philly’s love for Bowie in his new film The Sigma Kids a documentary exploring the story of David Bowie’s time in Philadelphia recording his timeless album “Young Americans” which sealed both his own unique bond with the city and the lifelong friendships between his biggest fans – The Sigma Kids. Partial proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory.


⚡️The Philly Loves Bowie Quizzo Night
@ Doobies 2201 Lombard St
9pm / FREE / $ menu / 21+

Care to test your Bowie knowledge among friends? This is the place to be as Patti Brett, Doobies‘ owner and one of the Sigma Kids, creates and issues a list of Bowie-themed questions … you might just pick up some sweet prizes! (21+)

While at Doobies – be sure to order Loving The Alien, a BlackStar Saison (6.3%). Inspired by the spirit of the Starman and the fact that Philly Loves Bowie, Round Guys Brewing Company and Pub created this exclusive beer with the Starman in mind.


⚡️Bowling For Bowie
@ North Bowl / 909 N 2nd St


This is your chance to toss some balls to the beat of Bowie! From the retro benches from the bowling alleys of the 50’s to the sculptural bar and glass enclosed pod that overlooks the downstairs lanes from the lounge,  North Bowl is a place that is truly unique to Philadelphia. The bi-level building structure includes a cafe for dining, two full size bars, lanes on both floors and an Upstairs Loft. Partial proceeds will benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory. 

⚡️Sing Your Life Karaoke presents BowieOke!
@ Johnny Brenda’s / 1201 Frankford Ave
8pm / FREE / $ menu / 21+

Sara Sheer of Sing Your Life Karaoke presents a very special Bowie edition – and thanks to the fine folks at Johnny Brenda’sthe event is FREE to attend and sing your heart out! This event gets to capacity – so get there early and pick your song – and follow all the rules Sara dishes out!  (21+)

⚡️Baby Can Dance: A Bowie Burlesque Show
@ Ruba Club / 416 Green St
8pm / $ / 21+

We’re back at it again! From burlesque to buskers – a night of live local performances to celebrate our Starman! Presented by Baphokiss Productions, this unique night is happening at the beautiful Ruba Club and hosted by America Online at AOL . com and Mama Junebug

Past Performances by:
Lady Baphomae and MasoKissShannon TurnerFarrah ThorneIcon Ebony FierceBrettzoKoshka KillawattBaron AtomyJaime Steele and AnakisMonty Caldo / Peachy Keen and featuring Stage Kittens, Harley HoneyRosé Gold

Tickets $10 / VIP $15 (includes an event poster signed by the cast). Partial proceeds from the door benefit our cause in David Bowie’s memory.

⚡️Me & Mr. Jones:
My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie

@ Franky Bradley’s / 1320 Chancellor St
Jan 9: 7pm doors – 8pm show
Jan 10: 6pm doors – 7pm show / $ / 21+

Last year during #PhillyLovesBowie, the Philly debut of Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie sold out to an amazing reviews! This year we are bringing it back for TWO NIGHTS! Me & Mr. Jones explores the lifelong “soul love”  that Brooklyn-based performer Raquel Cion has for David Bowie’s artistry and David Jones’s humanity. Cion’s personal stories and the deep cuts of Bowie’s diverse catalog rocket us through the inner space of this “half witch, half cabaret performer” (The New York Times): growing up as an outsider, navigating the celestial realms of love, mid-life crisis, loss, and creatively moving through cancer. Ticket proceeds benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory. 

⚡️The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret
@ L’Etage / 6th & Bainbridge Sts
7pm / $ / 21+

The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret was birthed unto Philadelphia in 2005 when Dito van Reigersberg (Martha) called pianist Victor Fiorillo and said, “Let’s play some music together.” Since then the Cabaret has embraced all genres of music – and will celebrate the legend that is Bowie at tonight’s live event. The first show (Jan 10) sold out in record time – thankfully L’Etage was able to squeeze in a second show, Friday January 11. Special ticket packages will be offered to benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory.  (21+)

⚡️Sound & Vision Happy Hour
@ The Trestle Inn / 339 North 11th St
6-9pm / FREE / 21+

With TSOT DJ Elvin T spinning Bowie on Vinyl, Go Go by Trestle Special Bobbie O’Reilly, Classic David Bowie Videos, $4 Craft Draft Beer Specials and $7 Young Americans Sour. Portion of every Young Americans Sour donated the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory. Happy Hour Specials til 8PM. No Cover.

⚡️A Black Celebration presents 
A Bowie Masquerade Ball 
@ Ruba Club / 416 Green St

10pm / $ / 21+

DJ Baby Berlin and guests gather to celebrate Jareth the Goblin King as A Black Celebration embraces Labyrinth with a masquerade ball and dance party! Philly Loves Bowie co-organizer Robert Drake will be on hand to host the costume contest and award sweet prizes – but sadly, no crystal orbs! Remember, I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave. But whatever you do, don’t remind me of the babe! Partial proceeds from the door benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory.

⚡️The 4th Annual Philly Loves Bowie Memorial
@ Doobies, 2201 Lombard St
5pm-2am /FREE / $ menu

Gather Bowie fans as we salute the man who meant so much to so many. Weather permitting, we’ll be creating a huge temporary chalk memorial outside of Doobies – we’ll have plenty of chalk, all you need to do is bring your creativity. Chalking begins at 4pm and goes ’til last call. Additionally, there will be Bowie arts and craft projects inside as well as Bowie music and video throughout the night.

(21+ to enter – all ages to create art outside)

⚡️A Night of Stardust
@ Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St
7pm doors – 8pm show / $20 general  (advance)

A Night of Stardust returns to Union Transfer in 2020 once again as the grand finale of Philly Loves Bowie Week. The event has sold out four years in a row, Wilmington in 2016, World Cafe Live in Philly in 2017, and at Union Transfer in 2018 & 2019, and is returning to the stage with an amazing lineup. Dan Kauffman (Glim Dropper) returns as the music director, bringing back many of the same amazing backing band members featured last year. Lance Davis (Grady Hoss and the Sidewinders) returns as the vocal director and has tapped once again, Jeffrey Gaines, Ava Cherry (Bowie ex-band member and muse) Ari Rubin from MINKA, Michael Baker from OOLALA, and Alyssa Lee (Steal the Sky) and Michael LeCompt (Philly Favorite) to sing Bowie’s hits and a set of interesting selected songs from his catalog. In addition, Main Light is generously sponsoring this All Ages event and providing a full amazing light show.

We all know David Bowie’s death on January 10th sent a ripple effect to people all over the world. The music legend is easily one of the most influential musicians and creative innovators of all time. His impact on music, fashion, movies, art and style is almost impossible to measure. His courage to be different helped change the lives of millions, and helped shape the true artists of today.

A Night of Stardust will be a chance to celebrate his life with one of the biggest Bowie devoted shows YOU WILL EVER SEE. The event will feature over 25+ of Bowie’s greatest songs and will cover Bowie’s catalog from Space Oddity on. This will be a true Bowie experience that won’t want to be missed by true fans of his music, art and fashion. We challenge concertgoers to be as outrageous as you can with fashion. Dress like you always wanted to be, but maybe never had a reason to do so in the past. Now’s your chance – Bowie would’ve wanted it that way!

Tickets sell out very fast for this event – please do not wait!

From the vision of Gregory Shelton, and music direction of Dan Kauffman and Lance Davis, we’re excited to bring you ”A Night of Stardust.” A concert truly dedicated to one of the most important artists of our time and presented by some of the best musicians and artists in the DE/Philly/NYC/Baltimore/Chicago area.



⚡️A Snowy Bowie Skate
@ Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Penn’s Landing
Noon-6pm Family Skate FREE (fee to skate)

Blue Cross RiverRink is now in its 25th year as an outdoor ice skating rink and sixth season as Winterfest. Join them for All Bowie All Day! From 1-4pm, family friendly activities including ice skating  to Bowie music, Labyrinth will play on the screens inside The Lodge and there will be Stardust face painting and themed drink specials too! If you’ve never been to Winterfest – this is a perfect time to check it out!


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